November 17, 2014

“I was at the opening ceremony for Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery this weekend. A permanent installation, “Witness to Mission” is a beautiful memorial with of photographs mounted on marble columns and 2 are mine. It’s quite an honor and amazing to think my work is part of a permanent memorial. Regardless of your views on war and the military, it’s deeply humbling to have my work and the work of still photographers serve as lasting memories.” -Ed Kashi

Photo©2014 Ed Kashi/VII

Photo©2014 Ed Kashi/VII

The Veterans Legacy Summit took place this past weekend in Sarasota, FL, with a formal ceremony and opening of Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery. “Leaders from the government, military, philanthropy, national veterans-serving organizations and other supporting veterans will come together to share ideas, learn about unique partnerships, such as Patriot Plaza, challenge assumptions and push the boundaries of potential to honor our nation’s heroes.”


Photo©2014 Ed Kashi/VII

One of these ways in which to honor our veterans is the art installation, Witness To Mission in Patriot Plaza. “Witness To Mission is a work of art composed of 49 photographs mounted on 22 rectangular pieces of white Georgia marble. The stone is the same used in the headstones throughout the cemetery.


Photo©2014 Ed Kashi/VII

“This installation is a photographic survey of the military experience since the Civil War. The arrangement of the photographic markers is in harmony with the rows of headstones, with all of Patriot Plaza, and its focus on the American flag, the symbol of the mission to country, at the heart of the veteran experience…Each visitor who spends time with these images will become a witness to the mission of the U.S. military to protect and defend our country and our democracy.”

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